October eclipse map for the upcoming annual solar eclipse

Excited about the October 14 annual solar eclipse? To help you view the event, download our October eclipse map below.

If you didn’t already know, viewers in the United States will see a dramatic solar eclipse on October 14, 2023.

The epicenter of the October 14 eclipse runs from Oregon through Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and western South Texas.

This will be an interesting eclipse because it will not be total, but will appear as an annular eclipse from the center line.

This occurs when the Moon passes through the center of the Sun’s disk but does not completely cover it, creating a so-called 'ring of fire’.

An annular solar eclipse was observed over Xiamen, Fujian Province, China on 21 June 2020. Photo by Huang Shan/VCG via Getty Images.

Beyond the epicenter, the rest of the United States sees a partial solar eclipse that diminishes in intensity.

The level of coverage should produce an interesting twilight effect for those near the centerline.

It’s said to be a warm-up for next year’s total solar eclipse on April 8, but the annual solar eclipse is a spectacular event.

Also known as a 'Ring of Fire’ eclipse, during an annual solar eclipse the Moon’s shadow does not completely cover the entire disk of the Sun.

Instead a ring of fire hangs in the sky.

A sequence showing the 2019 annual solar eclipse from start to finish.  Credit: Ko Keng Cheong / Getty Images
A sequence showing the 2019 annual solar eclipse from start to finish. Credit: Ko Keng Cheong / Getty Images

October eclipse charts

Click on each map below to download to your computer or view a larger version on a smartphone or tablet.

October 14 Annual Solar Eclipse Chart

The map below shows the path of the ring — that is, where a total annular solar eclipse can be seen across the United States.

It also reveals how much the Sun’s 'bite’ is due to the Moon’s silhouette at different places and times.

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Use the map to find out what you’ll see from your location, or where and when to experience the entire loop.

Map of the October 14 annual solar eclipse path.  Credit: BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
Credit: BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

October 14 and April 8 eclipse chart

This map shows the path of the annular eclipse on October 14 and the path of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Red indicates cities in eclipse paths; Green triangles are national and state parks.

Read more in our guide to upcoming US eclipses

Map showing the paths of the October 14 and April 8 US solar eclipses.
Credit: BBC Sky at Night Magazine / NASA

For more advice, read our guides on how to observe a solar eclipse safely and when the next eclipse will occur.

Are you planning to watch or photograph the eclipse? Let us know how you get on by emailing [email protected].

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